June 30, 2008
Chuck Klosterman asks 100 German college students to name the most interesting 20th Century American — wide range, from George Gershwin to Jared Leto (via)
Anil Dash on Bill Gates and The Greatest Tech Hack Ever — still catching up from vacation, this hit Digg but worth reading if you missed it
Josh Harris tells Boing Boing that Pseudo.com was conceptual art — don’t miss Douglas Rushkoff’s comment about his Pseudo investment
Habbo Hotel may soon overtake World of Warcraft's total subscribers — then again, it’s free to register and there’s no client (via)
Electronic Arts veteran starts iPhone-only gaming startup — some insights into what’s attractive about the platform for game developers
Last.fm launches new public API — a huge upgrade, with write support and many new methods
Google releases data dump of US copyright renewal records — Jarkko Hietaniemi, you’re my hero
Winners of the Procedural Generation Game competition — Rescue: The Beagles looks like fun, and some of the other entries are intriguing (via)
Boing Boing removes over 100 70 posts linking to Violet Blue — whether this was a glitch or vendetta, some sort of response would be nice (via)
Biotech firm Analtech creates viral video to attract the youngsters — they spent $60,000 and had 44 performers, including a congressman; sounds like a massive train wreck
Wall-E's easter eggs and inside jokes — with more unconfirmed ones listed in the comments
Waxy on Vacation — or: why I’m awfully quiet this week
Metafilter's Guide to Indie Platformers — a brilliant primer with some familiar names to Waxy readers, and plenty of new ones
Perfect game of Peggle, 18 million points — the amount of planning in the how-to is staggering
Jim Le Fevre's zoetrope built from a Technics turntable — like a real-life animated GIF (via)
"Where the Hell is Matt?", the 2008 sequel in HD quality — exactly two years from his first video, Matt returns from a 14-month journey around the world
Study: Most Children Strongly Opposed To Children's Healthcare — “the majority of respondents shrieked ‘NOOO!'” (via)
Ian Rogers unveils Topspin, his digital music marketing startup — one of the smartest guys I know, I’m keeping a close eye on this
With its vibrant oversized photographs and minimalist design, the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture weblog launched on June 1 to instant global acclaim. It’s designed, programmed, and written by Alan Taylor, an old-school web programmer and blogger, in his spare time while working on community features at Boston.com. (You might know Alan from his popular MegaPenny Project, Amazon Light, or his other projects.)
I interviewed Alan about the inspiration for the site, his methodology, and what it’s like being a programmer in a journalist’s world.
The Big Picture’s become an essential read for me, and I totally agree with Jason Kottke when he called it “the best new blog of the year.” What inspired it?
Alan Taylor: Lots of things — my parents used to always have Life and National Geographic magazines around the house, I fell in love with the visual storytelling way back then. When I was getting my feet wet in the online journalism world as a developer at msnbc.com, I had the good fortune of working alongside Brian Storm and a few others in MSNBC’s photo department, who were just phenomenal as far as selection, editing and presentation.
I wondered why other sites didn’t reach that level. Many have by now, but I was still frustrated by the presentation — either far too small, or trapped in click-after-click interfaces that were in Flash or just acted as ad farms.
Chop Shop's The Internets meme t-shirt, annotated — all the memes are found, thanks to help from ChopShop
The Onion AV Club interviews Jonathan Coulton's iPod — this is a great format for interviewing musicians (via)
Edith Macefield, Ballard woman who refused to sell her home, passes away at 86 — wonderful story; I’m not the only one who was reminded of The Little House
Girl Talk's Feed the Animals, outstanding illegal mashup album — I gave $20 towards the inevitable legal costs; preview it on Hype Machine, partial sample list on Wikipedia
First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival from 1979 — MP3s for the entire vinyl LP; I love hearing digital through an analog medium
Firefox 3's robot easter egg — if you don’t want to be spoiled, just type “about:robots” in the location bar
Kevin Kelly and Brian Eno predict unthinkable futures from 1993 — “it costs half a day’s pay to drive your car into the downtown area of a big city”
Twittering Teddy, Teddy Ruxpin modded to speak real-time tweets — a fun hack, equal parts terrifying and irritating